Sulphur Mountain Loop - Sat, May 2 2015

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Sulphur Mountain Loop (5/2/2015)

PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED:Once you've reviewed the event details, and decided you'd like to join us, you MUST sign up at the bottom of this page.

You are STRONGLY encouraged to read this page in its entirety before signing up. If you'd like to attend, we ask that you abide by our rules and procedures as a time/cost saving process (with an end result of keeping membership free and lower cost events).

The Basics:
Event Type:Hike
Event Location:Banff
Date(s) & Time:Sat, May 2 2015  10:00 AM  (Carpool Departure: 8:30 AM   *log in for location*)
Registration Cut Off: Fri, May 1 2015 6:30:00 PM
Event Duration:7.0 -7.5 hours plus driving time
Difficulty Rating:D5: Difficult
Event Coordinator(s): Mick
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Member Cost:Voluntary Donation Only (See Below)

Participant Info:
Who's Invited: Members Only, 21 And Older Only
Maximum Group Size:8
Minimum Group Size:4
Number Registered So Far: 5 (Log in to see who's signed up.)
Are Dogs Permitted: No


Please take time to read all information below before signing up.

Refer to "Don't Waste Your Time in the Canadian Rockies" by Kathy & Craig Copeland
Refer to "Banff Egypt" Gem Trek Map
Distance: 17.7 kms
Elevation Gain: Approx. 880 meters
Pace: moderate for the flat and descending sections, slower while ascending

Important Details
Although on well maintained trails, this event involves considerable elevation gain, and distance. Expect snow higher on the mountain
Only sign up if you are willing to stick together and hike as a group.
Summit visit will be 1 hour to spend as you wish such as stay inside the terminal building or visit Sanson’s Peak Meteorological Station.

Hike Description
We will start with a flat section from Cave and Basin then we have a long steady ascent to the summit which is straight forward hiking on the Cosmic Ray Road where you can expect snow the higher we go. The views will be constant after only 90 minutes from the trailhead and will include the Sundance Range, Massive Range, Mt Bourgeau, Mt Rundle and Mt Temple. As we near the summit, we will get caught up in the tourist trap but just take a deep breath then take time to enjoy the views. If the weather is favorable, we will stay one hour on the summit to spend as you wish. You can have your lunch in the terminal building or just hang out there, walk the boardwalk Observatory Trail enjoying the sights, head up to the Meteorological Station or do it all. We'll then regroup, and descend the zigzags to the base of the Gondola, before dropping down into the valley, and skirting around Banff in the forest to return to Cave and Basin.

We may stop for refreshments before returning to Calgary.

Required Items to Bring:

proper hiking boots
food, water
clothes for varying weather conditions (no cotton nor jeans)
warm layers (jacket, hat, mitts)
Park Pass
bag for dirty boots for the drive home

Recommended Items to Bring:
Use our Event Checklists to make sure you have everything you need.
bear spray
hot beverage

How to Get There:
Event Directions:Head west on Highway 1. Take the first Banff turnoff. Drive through town on Banff Avenue. Cross the bridge and turn right onto Cave Avenue. Drive about a kilometer to the Cave and Basin parking lot.
Carpool to Event Distance (round trip):240Km
Carpool Departure Time: 8:30 AM
Carpool Location:   Log in for location
Carpool Directions:   Log in for directions
** Calgary Transit Info
Carpool Cost: Approximate vehicle expense for this event is $76.80 (calculated at total Km * $0.32, effective Wednesday, December 1, 2021). This is based on $0.16/Km for maintenance, plus current gas price divide by 9. Alternately your carpool driver may choose to split the maintenance cost plus the actual gas cost among all in the vehicle. Your carpool driver will confirm exactly how much money they require to cover costs. Please split the actual cost among all people in the vehicle.


- Details of this event are subject to undergo a change at any point in time, with or without warning.
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Cost & Payment:
Voluntary Donations:Although there is no cost for this event, please note that the club survives on voluntary donations. Please consider making a donation based on the value you feel you receive from the club. See our How You Can Help page for more information.
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Suggested donation amount for this event is: $2.00/Person.

Cancellation/Partial Attendance: